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FOR YOUR INFORMATION March 26, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief, urges the Obama Administration during... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION March 26, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. - USCIRF released the following letter in response to the issuance by the United States Government Accountability Office of its report on the International Religious Freedom Act: State Department and Commission are Implementing Responsibilities... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2013| By USCIRF WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today called for Saudi Arabia to release Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Dr. Abdullah bin Hamad, leading Saudi human rights activists, from prison immediately and... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2013 | By USCIRF WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) yesterday met with family members of Baha'is unjustly imprisoned in Iran. These family members seek to highlight the status of their family members and friends who... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 1, 2013| By USCIRF The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) marked the 2nd anniversary of the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti with a renewed call for the Pakistani government to both bring his killers to justice and stem the rising tide of... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION FEBRUARY28, 2013| By USCIRF The following article appeared in The Economist on February 28, 2013. For Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs one of the two American agencies that are mandated to monitor religious freedom, life is full of pleasant and unpleasant... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 27, 2013 | By USCIRF Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), today testified before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “Anti-Semitism: A... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2013| By USCIRF USCIRF Chair, Dr. Katrina Lantoss Swett testified on February 26, 2013 before the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Demonstrations in Tahrir Square: Two Years Later: What Has... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2013| By USCIRF WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The trial and conviction of Pastor Abedini represent an outrageous miscarriage of justice and yet one more damning piece of evidence pointing to the rampant denial of religious freedom and the absence of any semblance of rule... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2013| By USCIRF WASHINGTON, D.C. -- USCIRF today called for the immediate release of Saeed Abedeni, an Iranian-American pastor reportedly awaiting a January 21 trial on trumped-up national security charges that date back to 2000 when he lived in Iran. Mr.... Read More

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